Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Holly Shoots the Swine Flu

Yesterday, we headed to Central Park to shoot an episode of our webseries, The In-Betweens of Holly Malone. Of our three comedy webseries (the other two being In the Can and The Sexually), we try to align Holly with current events the most. Granted, we do it through our own Holly-vision (such as having a Barack Obama episode that focuses less on the economy and more on what kinds of sex dreams Holly is having about our newly elected president, or, our episode that addresses the economic downturn by way of having Francesca and Danny discuss the best way to curse someone out). So while, yes, we try to keep our “current events” episodes within the Holly comedic rainbow, we really do try to keep up with the times.

So, what better current event to address within a Holly episode than Swine Flu? Listen, if it’s good enough for the Times, then it’s good enough for Holly. Not only is it current, but, if you’ve ever watched the series, you know that Holly is not exactly a worry-free sort of person. So it goes without saying that a flu epidemic would be foremost in her mind. It also allows us, the writers, actors, producers and directors, to channel our own plague fears for one afternoon. It’s a win-win.

It also should be noted, that this was our first Holly episode that was completely improvised. Alicia, who served as the director, offered up the circumstances and then the actors ran with it. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy our take on the flu of the swine.

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